Madam Prothonotary Furlanetto was born in Hamilton, Ontario. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry (summa cum laude) from McMaster University in 1991, a Master of Science degree in Biochemistry from Western University in 1993, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Western University in 1996. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1998. Prior to her appointment, Prothonotary Furlanetto was a partner with DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, where she practiced intellectual property (IP) litigation, and prior to that a partner of the intellectual property litigation firm Dimock Stratton LLP, which combined with DLA Piper (Canada) LLP in 2016.
Prothonotary Furlanetto received many accolades for her work in the area of intellectual property, particularly in patent litigation and in the field of life sciences and was repeatedly recognized by many peer-reviewed directories as a leading lawyer in Canada in these areas. She appeared regularly before the Federal Courts, handling all aspects of intellectual property and a variety of technical subject matter.
Dedicated to practice development, she was a regular speaker on topics such as litigation practice, procedure and advocacy. She was an active member of the Canadian Bar Association, serving as a former Chair of the National IP Section, member of the Court Practice Committee, one of the original members of the Federal Court IP User’s Committee and as IP Section representative of the Federal Court Bench and Bar Committee. She was also a Fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and a former Chair of their Litigation Committee.
Committed to the development of lawyers in intellectual property law, Prothonotary Furlanetto helped found the Harold G. Fox Moot, Canada’s only intellectual property moot, where she served as Chair for ten years. Prothonotary Furlanetto was appointed as a Prothonotary of the Federal Court on March 7, 2019.